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Amazing Students

Junior Brittany King is a campus leader. As a Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities apprentice working under the guidance of faculty mentor Rosemary Phelps in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, King’s research investigates how spirituality affects depression…

Rodney Nash is an innovative teacher. He recently received a competitive fellowship from the National Science Foundation for a project called “The Science Behind Our Foods.” As one of ten recipients in the state of Georgia, Nash uses the fellowship…

Melissa Cabinian has had an extraordinary career at UGA, accumulating numerous accolades during her four years. Her most recent honor is being recognized by
the Georgia Legislature as UGA’s Academic Recognition Day Scholar for 2006. Cabinian pursued her interest…

Edmond Fomunung is a CURO biomedical apprentice who recently won a Charles Ross Summer Research Fellowship for Minority Undergraduate/Graduate Students in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. The Charles Ross Fellowship, a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship,…

Melvin Hines, Jr. maintains high grades and also aims to make an impact in society. He has been a Presidential Scholar and been on Dean’s List while leading an initiative to mentor students at the Thomas Lay Center in Athens…

Junior Lauren Fields sees herself as an advocate and activist. She is the president of Advocating Safe Alternatives for Peers, a peer education team on campus that focuses on alcohol and other drug education and prevention. Her organization runs programs…

Vet student Shannon Parfitt will go wherever it takes to get the best UGA education she can. As an undergraduate, she participated in the UGA at Oxford program, which allowed her to pursue her degree without being too far from…

Rudy Weber is a businessman to the core. He is not afraid to take risks (he broke a rib jumping off a 10-meter platform on a dare); he values hard work (in the style of Herschel Walker); and he has…

Senior Brandon Holton wants to change the way we think about finance. He will graduate this semester with a double major in Mathematics and Financial Engineering. He created the Financial Engineering major through the Honors Interdisciplinary Studies program. With this…

Alicia Higginbotham is an undergraduate researcher with initiative. After completing a paper in Thomas Cerbu’s comparative literature class last year on British poet, writer and actor Christopher Logue who has been translating the Iliad since 1959, Cerbu encouraged Higginbotham to…

Senior Briana Green decided to attend UGA after discovering UGA offered the perfect major for her—publication management—a combination of both journalism and business. Receiving academic merit scholarships like the Charter Scholarship helped her to be able to attend UGA as…

Graduate student Jordan Stewart is dedicated to helping others communicate better. She is a clinician in the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic where she works with a variety of clients ranging in age from infants to adults. She is fluent…

Jared Benko loves sports. He has worked at jobs doing everything from selling athletic shoes to coordinating media interview requests for the Atlanta Braves. He has been working in the Sports Communications office at UGA for five years where he…

Agriculture has always been part of Katie Murray’s life. She grew up showing livestock—steers, heifers, hogs, and lambs—all over Georgia and became involved in FFA (formerly the Future Farmers of America). When she began her college career, she served as…

Kurinji Pandiyan left a closely-knit extended family in India to study in the United States. The “intellectual curiosity” in the U.S. appealed to her after growing up in a country that sometimes places a lower premium on research than business.…

Liz Hebbard is a rare combination of someone who is both artistically and intellectually gifted. She is a triple major in German, French and music performance who also performs Mahler with the university orchestra, carries a 3.98 GPA , swims,…